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, also a tenacious, strong, vibrant woman of color. >> reporter: leah cohen, an african-american, and jane kim, a korean-american, nominated each other against chiu. they hope to reshape the public's notion about gender, race and leadership of this board. >> it usually is decided behind the scenes. today was still up for grabs on the day of the vote. >> leadership, lives and breathes inside all of us. >> reporter: the last female board president served from 1997 to 1999. political analysts say it quickly became clear, neither woman could muster the six votes needed today to take the slot. >> mr. president, i'd like to respectfully withdraw my nomination. >> reporter: audience members groaned as both women withdrew their nominations before the vote. >> i hope they weren't disappointed but rather inspired and will become more gnled in the process. >> it was important that we put the dialogue out there. it's something a lot of different groups have brought forward with having a female president. >> reporter: the final vote gave david chiu a third term as board president. in
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